A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

August 23, 2015

W-O-W and NBUS Challenge News

Happy Sunday Hello! Thank you for stopping by the Playhouse!

The other day when I had my watering can out to make my Uniko GD card, Hammy and I got to talking about how much we love white-on-white (or, as I like to say, W-O-W) cards and how it's been over two years since we've made one.

That was quickly remedied with this:
and, of course, the inside completion of the sediment, thus:
As you can see, this is a "die-happy" card, which is often the case with W-O-W cards. Oh, haha, now I can "die happy!" Settle down. We mustn't have that!

The dies are: Impression Obsession: "Die053-M" (long-stemmed hearts); Memory Box: "Garden Watering Can"; Simon Says Stamp: "Be," "Butterfly Tendrils" (NBUS) (butterflies only), and "Oh Happy Day" (happy only).

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NBUS #5 IS COMING!

I've only got the onefer for you today, because I have a big pronouncement! Some of you have been asking, nay, clamoring for another NBUS** challenge and I agree, it is way past time for one!

As you know, I have been holding a new challenge with every hunnert followers that join, but that has slowed down, so I've made the executive decision to hold two NBUS challenges a year from now on: one in March and one in September!

September is right around the corner so mark your calendars and start your engines!
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NEW AND BECITING:  SPONSORS!!!

I'm happy to announce that there are companies you know and love who will be sponsors for this next challenge, so there will be even MORE prizes to be won!! 
If you are a company owner or a Design Team member, feel free to contact me about sponsorship for your company! But hurry, the challenge date is fast approaching!  
(Contact: darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.)
Go forth and climb your Mt. NBUS and start excavating! The challenge theme is "Anything Goes." I know those creative juices are already at work and I can't wait to see what you make!

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123 comments:

Lizzy Hill said...

Your WOW card is --- WOW!!!! LOOOVE it:) and I must 'save the date' for the next NBUS:):) love how you have set them!!

Kathyk said...

Love your white on white - always such a W.O.W.! - very classy,Darnell

Looking forward to your NBUS .... I'm sure I have some littering the place!

Kathyk

Jane Willis said...

Oooh I love, love LOVE that WOW card! And I'm doing a happy dance that NBUS is making a welcome return as I was looking for a stamp I'd misfiled yesterday and was totally embarrassed at the number that had never seen ink
Jane

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card... Darnell... Love white on white....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Marianne said...

Looking forward to another NBUS challenge, Darnell. I've been gathering plenty of new supplies but there never seems to be enough time to play. Sorry I haven't visited much these past months, but after lots of examinations my husband had a tumor removed from his colon and started chemo last Tuesday. The doctors say it's a precaution, but it's still 6 months of treatment. So far he doesn't seem to suffer from any side-effects. Lets hope it stays that way when he proceeds with the treatment.
Marianne x

Sammy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell. I find W-O-W impossible to do, so I'm extra impressed when it's done as effectively as this!

And YAY for a new NBUS challenge! I'm already looking forward to it. x

Redanne said...

Oh I do love a nice W-O-W card, even though I could never do it myself.... your WOW card is spectacular Darnell, please give Hammy a pat on the back for me for having that discussion with you! I LOVE this card! Hugs, Annie xx

Sue said...

Very elegant.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

hellerlittle said...

amazing W-O-W card... you did it !!!
I´m happy that NBUS will be coming back to us.
It´ll be always a fun to see witch stuff hasn´t be used before....
saved the date and will let my new(or old?) NBUS equipment stay out *lol
CU hellerlittle

Sarah said...

A Super Duper WOW card Darnell and I love the "sediment" inside and out!! Looking forward to the new NBUS Challenge I have TONS!! xx

Ros Crawford said...

I'm in awe of your WOW card ... I find these so hard but you have created a fabulous card! Great news about the NBUS!!

Aileen (mum) said...

Love your white on white, something I have not yet tried. As to the rest of the information, be still my heart. A NBUS is coming ,wahoooooo

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Oh Darnell! I too, love white on white, they really do . . . WOW! This card is so pretty, I adore that watering can! I am gutted that I will not be able to join in your upcoming NBUS challenge, as I said on my blog, I will be away, without internet :( Wishing you every success with it - although, I already know it will be HUGE, it always is - have a lovely Sunday my friend! Hazel xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!!! Such a fab W.O.W!! :D Love this watering can diecut and your card has a WONDERFUL 3D look!! All pop out so well!! And the surprise of the sentiment splitted in two parts is just a clever idea! Stunning card!

Marilyn said...

Your WOW card is beautiful!! Love the watering can!

Kim M said...

A simply lovely WOW card! Love it! As for your NBUS challenge, I'll be there with bells on! LOL. :-)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful! LOVING that watering can!!!!!!!!

ionabunny said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooooohhh. So excited. I have so much NBUS. I love you Darnell. Such fun. Count me in. Hugz.

Jeanne said...

All I can say is WOW to your W.O.W card! I adore that look, but can't seem to remember to try it when I am crafting. You've made such a pretty card with the watering can and hearts. Lovely sentiment, too. Ohhh a new challenge. I may have to figure out some time to play this time! :) Thanks for sharing, Darnell and have a happy day.

shirley-bee said...

Well I've certainly got enough NBUS (old and new) to play :) Love your pretty WOW card !

Maura R said...

I love WOW cards too, and yours is no exception, Loll! So pretty! Looking forward to the challenge!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh, your card is so gorgeous and elegant, Darnell! I love the look of W-O-W cards but I seem to have trouble making them. I must try again because this looks awesome! Exciting news about your NBUS challenge and I will plan to be join you!

KandA said...

Absolutely amazing WOW card Darnell. Great news about the NBUS challenge. I've probably (yeah I mean definitely) got a few (lots) items of NBUS in the back of the cupboard, but just in case I guess I should go and buy some more crafty stash! xx

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Hi Darnell-Love your W-O-W card-very classy,I haven't made one in ages,will put that right very soon I think!
Have a great week :)
Nessa xxx

Linda said...

I love W.O.W too ..... and your little card is just beautiful! That watering can die is just so cute!
Looking forward to the NBUS challenge .... I'm sure I can find something to use! xx

Chris D. said...

Wow! (or W-O-W!) Darnell, this card is gorgeous! I've always admired the white on white cards, but have never tried it out myself. You may have inspired me to try it! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell I absolutely love WOW cards and this one is stunning! Those gorgeous die cuts really steal the show. Can't wait to play along with your next NBUS challenge. They are my favorite! And TRUST me I have plenty of NBUS!

Sandy said...

I've never thought about doing WOW diecuts, but the result really is WOWzer.

Colleen said...

I am going to look at "WOW" in a whole new way now!! And your card is WOW! on white on white...love it!! And I am super excited about your new NBUS Challenge. I may have just one or two (*wink *wink) that will qualify!! Happy Day!!

conil said...

HAWT DARN!, a new NBUS challenge...cannot wait...guess I'll have to. NUTS! That W-O-W card is a (wait for it)...WOW! Love white on white, this one is so elegant...might be a good sympathy card with a different sentiment. Don't know why I think white cards should be sympathy cards. Some disconnection in my brain, perhaps. Anyway, it's beautiful.

Linda said...

I love W-O-W and yours is so very lovely. BTW, congrats on Guest Designer at Uniko. Always well deserved.

Krisha said...

Congrats on your GD spot on Uniko ( yes I did dash over there for a quick look-e-loo)

W-O-W is one of my favs and this card is beyond beautiful.

Glad to hear you haven't given up on NBUS challenges, but do understand the dilemma of hosting one. So now I'm off to find some NBUS so I can play along

Sue from Oregon said...

White cards are always so classy! Lovely job! By the way...I have a ton of NBUS schtuff...I will be ready!!!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell, love your beautiful card, white on white is so striking, beautiful dies, hugs Kate x

Leslee said...

Very classy WOW card! Look forward ro your NBUS challenge, haven't nade a car in a bit.

Marisa said...

Love white on white cards and this one is gorgeous. Love the watering can with heart flowers :)

Barb said...

That really is a WOW! card Darnell. I do love that watering can - in any colour. Barbxx

Joyce said...

Love your pretty white on white card. That watering can is spectacular. Especially, if it is filled with water (to quench our drought). So excited about the next NBUS challenge. I'd better get shopping....(LOL--I think I have one or two things I could use to play along....)

Neets B said...

Your watering can W.O.W card is gawjus, dahling. And, eeeek, can't wait for the next NBUS challenge, I have so much unused schtuff it's unbelievable. Can't wait to see who your sponsors are! x

Birgit said...

I love your white on white! It is so pretty and just perfect as it is. Thanks for explaining want NBUS is also because I had no idea

Sharon Underwood said...

Love the white-on-white! Such a pretty card! I'm excited about the upcoming NBUS Challenge, although I'll be in CA for part of it visiting my son. Unfortunately, not a place close to you. I'll join in upon my return!

oldpunca said...

I have missed a lot of your posts during my holiday. I'm happy to catch the W-O-W card. It's great! Hammy and you have made a fabulous work! :-))
Hugs, Sonja

JD/ Jill said...

I struggle with white on white...but you aced this! Very pretty card.

Another NBUS! How Exciting! I've been having trouble with creating lately. I think this will definitely help with to get some of the spark back again...

Hope you are having a great weekend! Blessings to you, Hugs, Jill

MaryH said...

I must say: You & Hammy make an awesome Design Team. I need a Hammy here too. Can I borry him? Really love the WOW look of these 2 cards, and the MB watercan looks so awesome, all in white, with the heart 'posies' peeking out of the can. Also really like the extreme CAS of #2 with just the dimensional sentiment. Brilliant & very elegant look on this one! (must remember!) Hugs to you & Hammy, and TFS - Hope all has been going great at Casa K.

Lisa said...

Your WOW card is a WOW!! The dies you used are so beautiful together!! What a gorgeous card!! Yay for another NBUS!! Marking my calendar (and saving some of my new dies!!). Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Neha said...

wow exciting news! and your card is pretty pristine. I love white on white and the way you have used various dies is awesome. Looking forward to play along.

Heather North said...

It's been far too long since I have visited your blog. I need to make it part of my daily reading. Looking forward to participating in your next NBUS challenge. I'll ask the owner of the DT I'm on if she wants to sponsor.

Pat said...

This white on white is beautiful Darnell and the watering can full of your stemmed hearts and the pretty added little butterflies is perfect, also love the way the sentiment carries over on to the inside of the card too. How exciting to be announcing another NBUS challenge and making it a twice yearly feature and finding lots of wonderful sponsors too. I can't wait! x

Jean said...

Fabulous white on white card Darnell, and a clever combination of dies. Love it.
Jean x

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE your white on white card, Darnell!

Sue said...

Sorry I haven't been to visit you for a while Darnell.
Your card is stunning, I love the elegant design and great choice of sentiment.
Take care, sending hugs, Sue xx

Angela said...

This card is beautiful, Darnell! It is definitely a WOW card. I also wanted to thank you for saying you thought I had cut a piece of background paper for my MFT You Make My Tail Wag card. That's exactly what I wanted someone to think when they saw it, so you made my day!

Loll said...

Beautiful W-O-W card Dolly! Excited there's a NBUS challenge coming soon ... I have lots of NBUS in my studio, just waiting! :) Lolly xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

W-O-W! I love that look. I think it is always so elegant and perfect for many occasions. I especially love it for wedding cards myself.

Kathleen said...

Totally and utterly stunning, love it to bits, my favourite type of card.

Kath x

April Story said...

I'm like you and love the white on white look. And it's best when there is no stamping involved or otherwise there would be a fingerprint on my pretty white! Great card.
April

designbydonna said...

Your W. O. W. card is simply WOW!!!.

Carol said...

Wow Darnell...a beautiful WOW card, love the dies. I have a pile of NBUS on my desk, good excuse to get creating! Carol x

Janeen said...

this is an amazing creation, Darnell. I rarely rarely rarely make a WOW card. i wonder why, when this looks so appealing.

Nora N. said...

What a lovely card. I LOVE the white on white. I don't think I have ever COMPLETELY done this. Usually I add a black or gray sentiment. This is so pretty. I cannot wait for our NBUS challenge. I still have A LOT of stuff in a box that I have never even opened!!

Kim Heggins said...

I absolutely adore your white on white card, simply stunning my dear friend! And I am so excited to finally make a dent in my NBUS! I know there will be so much incredible inspiration.

Cazzy said...

Wheeeee, excited! Anyway I popped over to see how you used a watering can to make a card, thinking of some new fangled technique haha!
Now I see what you mean, very classy!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a very beautiful card.
I love white on white cards, and yours is fab.
Great dies used,and wonderful designing too.
I think I should give myself a mental note to make more white on white cards.
What exciting news about your Nbus challenges.
Can't wait for the proposed date.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

OH Babs said...

Well Irma you must be feeling better because you are in rare form. What that means is ...die Happy. haha. Well the card is positively gorgeous and I mean it from the bottom of my chubby feet. I too love white on white and you couldn't have done a better job. What is it you say, former Iowa chicken plucker, "winner, winner, chicken dinner."

Dana & Glen said...

Beautiful card Darnell! I love white on white cards, so elegant.

Bonnie said...

A WOW W.O.W. card! Great dies! I think we are all die happy!

Rose said...

All that gorgeous white! So clean & elegant with fabulous dimension. Love it!

Sandy said...

I love white on white and your card is delightful!
Sandy xx

lauren bergold said...

so pretty! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (layery!) STASH with us this week!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Darnell, that is the nicest watering can and looks fabulous on your WOW card - WOW cards are definitely a challenge for me but maybe I'm inspired to make a diecut one. Super to hear there's another NBUS challenge - there are a couple of newbies in my stash so will set the brain thinking. I'm celebrating this morning as I've just finished sorting and packing up my craft room for the big move on Wed... but I am commandeering the caravan as my work space when we get there and until our renos are done...yipppeee, it's exciting as we'll be back with our kids and GK. Have a wonderful week, sorry I had to get that off my chest, Robyn

MiamiKel said...

HI Darnell - your card is just as lovely as a fresh fallen snow! I love what you've done with the white on white! I am saving the date and look forward to the NBUS, my first time playing :)

Julia Aston said...

A gorgeous white on white card Darnell - love that watering can and sweet butterflies! So excited there's an NBUS coming! Julia xx

Carol L said...

Another NBUS? Congrats and What fun!! Let the digging of my craft room begin :)

I love the white on white card too - that watering can is so pretty filled with flowers!

Jerrie said...

Very inpressive WOW card!! It looks so clean and elegant! Love that you completed the card with the same WOW sentiment inside. Looking forward to the next NBUS. Have a great week.

Taunya Butler said...

Well, dear Darnell, all I can say is W.O.W. - gorgeousness total and complete!! Love the dies that you used and how well they all came together to create something so beautiful!!! So excited about your NBUS challenge coming around again!! It will be awesome!!! You are the BEST!!! Have an incredible and delightful week!!

Lisa said...

Darnell your W-O-W card is...well...WOW!! Love the bouquet of hearts sprouting from it. So pretty! Looking forward to your next NBUS challenge. I always have some of that stuff on hand LOL!!

Sylvia said...

Darnell, White on White is a great technique. The watering can card is really nice and simple. Great job. I will keep the NBUS in mind. Sylvia D.

Sharron said...

Stunning W.O.W., Darnell! It looks so classy and I love your 'heart' blooms! Looking forward to this next NBUS Challenge. I hate to admit how much stuff I have that qualifies!

Karren said...

Gorgeous tone-on-tone card, Darnell! So much interest and dimension.

Jan Clothier said...

Love the WOW acronym almost as much as I love this adorable card! Beautiful. Just beautiful.

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous white on white (WOW) card.
Thanks for another NBUS around the corner it will be the kick I need to use my NBUS.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I am a huge fan of W O W. This came out on the spectacular side. Great news about the NBUS! Yippie!

Pollard Carole said...

Fabulous white on white always looks so classy and this is stunning enjoy your week Hugs Carole x

sandie said...

I always seem to be a day behind commenting on your cards-blogger delivers them later but W O W is one of my favs and adore the sentiment in white x

Di said...

Oh what exciting news about your NBUS plans! Look forward to digging out some of my mmany never been used items - am such a bad, bad girl I really need your challenges! What fun that you got sponsors too!

Adore your WOW card, it truly is a WOW as well :) LOVE the watering can stuffed with the hear flowers - so effective!

Hugs

Di xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

LOVE your WOW card and can't wait for the new challenge. I should have some new goodies to play with by then :)
Hugs,
Em

Brenda in IN said...

I love that WOW card. Those little hearts are so cute in the watering can. The sentiment is wonderful. We all need to be happy. I love the NBUS. It makes me dig and look into all my "stuff". There is so much I haven't used yet, new and old. Once I get into it I find all kinds of things and can make new cards with it. And Sponsors! How wonderful they are joining in.

Karen B said...

Well Dippy I was certainly WOWed with your gorgeous creation. White on white is always stunning.......not sure why but it's pure elegance. Can't wait for the next NBUS challenge (and I've definitely got a NBUS mountain to climb for this one!!!).

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Laurie Unger said...

Love the WOW card and have one sitting on my desk waiting to be assembled. Can't wait for the next NBUS challenge!

Shelly said...

FABULOUS card, Darnell! Love the white on white! And ooh, can't wait until the challenge!

Nancy Thomas said...

Your white on white card is so elegant and beautiful. I definitely need another NBUS challenge too!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful WOW - forget about making those kind of cards sometimes - must do soon! and looking forward to the upcoming challenge - dates are in my planner!!

Giorgia Rossini said...

yay for NBUS coming back!

Jacee said...

Lovely classy design Darnell
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Becca Cruger said...

Wooohooooooooo! Another NBUS! I'm so excited!!! And your white on white card is simply divine. Or should I say die-vine? :)

Pia S said...

Oh, this looks SO pretty, Darnell! I love the pure look of wow and love your die cuts!

Anita in France said...

White on white wonderful, Darnell ... so deliciously pretty and elegant ... love WOW, love your card! So excited that there's another NBUS challenge on the way ... been saving up for it!! Miss you, my friend ... hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Valerie Nolan said...

Stunning card Darnell, love wow and those dies stand out so beautifully!
Val x

Geri said...

W-O-W....soooooo elegant! The absolute perfectly sweet & simple image for this "color combo". Great idea to split the sentiment!

Looking forward to the next NBUS Challenge! Hmmmm...wonder if I'll be able to find some NBUS kicking around? (LMAO at that comment!)

Tanis Scott said...

W-O-W, indeed! Very cool. I never think to do white on white unless I'm making a wedding card, And even then, I often add a metallic, at least for the sentiment. I should try a truly white on white. Thanks for the inspiration!

Helen Gullett said...

What a beautiful white on white card, Darnell, I love the flower! And can't wait to play with your challenge :)

Tina Z. said...

wow, I've just discovered your blog - it's fantastic idea this NBUS!!!
and I LOVE your white card!

Lindsey said...

Hooray for W-O-W cards that are wow, and the upcoming NBUS challenge!

Greta said...

Perfect example of a white on white card with wonderful texture! Love this, Darnell! I've been using some NBUS lately, so was thinking about your challenge & twice a year sounds like a great decision to me. I do have plenty left, of course, so wheels are starting to turn!

Gerrina said...

It is really a WOW card! that wateringcan is a great one to use WOW... Hugs, Gerrina

Janelle said...

Great update on an old theme, Darnell. Usually when we think of gardens, it's green, pink, yellow, etc., but you've made it exciting and interesting in white (must be for a very clean gardener???!) :) So happy about the next NBUS Challenge. I know I have a Mt Everest of things to choose from (and hopefully by then I'll have some Zig Brush markers to play with as well.)(Got them on preorder.)

Anyway, good news all round.
Love,
Janelle

Stella said...

Darnell your white-on-white card is STUNNING!! I am smitten....

SARN said...

Simply STUNNING W.O.W card Darnell.

Good luck with your upcoming NBUS challenge.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Lucy said...

You sure know how to write a humorous blog post :-)
I always love the White on white cards, but I've never made one.
This is really pretty. Maybe I'll try the WOW for your challenge.

Craftychris said...

Love your WOW card - so elegant! Fab dies you have used! Yay! Another NBUS challenge - I am so looking forward to it! It's always such fab fun! xxx

Bobby said...

You must have a great memory if you know it's been two years since you did a WOW card. I can't remember what I made last month. But it is a WOW card in more ways than one, Darnell. Love the 'die happy' comment. You're a riot!

Susanne Vargas said...

Sorry, I am late with commenting but we just came back from a week of camping...
Most of the time WOW cards are holiday cards but you managed to make a stunning non-holiday one!
Woohoo, another NBUS challenge! I certainly have enough material to work with!

Helen F. said...

Always love a reminder about how FABULOUS white on white is! Truly a WOW card, girlfriend!
And, your NBUS news announcement is YAY! Whoot Whoot!! Awesome!!!

Donna said...

Live the simplicity of your white on white, Darnell :)
Wonders if Hammy has any hammy friends to play with???

Cathy said...

Love the white on white Darnell, Cathy x

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous W-o-w for sure. And, huge kudo's for photographing it so well. It is tough to do. Hope to join in on your NBUS this time.

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Hooray! I was waiting for this NBUS challenge, on of my Fave all over the ChBlog's world! And your WOW cards... I'm wordless) I love such cards not only just see them but creat too)

Shona Chambers said...

Nothings cleaner and more stylish than white on white. I love it too but I'm not the cleanest card maker so always seem to be having to discreetly hide smudges here and there......And yay, another NBUS challenge. Have marked my calendar and I will be ready to go!!

Barb said...

Congratulations on being one of Di's picks this week. It is a stunning card. I think I'll be spoilt for choice when your NBUS challenge comes along! Barbxx

MiamiKel said...

Hi Darnell - I've visited your blog a few times now and wanted to leave my email address as I've some questions for the NBUS! It's Kelly at Kelnkids@aol.com - thanks bunches!

Deborah Nolan said...

Darnell, I am SMITTEN with your WOW card! And I would love to play along with your next NBUS challenge!

cm said...

W-O-W = WOW! And another NBUS challenge! Yahoooo! I have a couple things to play with...*cough*!
Hugs~c

Petra Swart said...

Your die happy WOW card is for sure WOW, Darnell!!!
And yeah for another NBUS challenge!!!!
Hugz